Moshi

MoshiNestled at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Moshi is the coffee-producing center of the country. All around the town and the slopes of Kilimanjaro, vast plantations of coffee blanket the area. Coffee is a mainstay of life in Moshi, and the seasonal coffee auctions, where international buyers bid for wholesale coffee, is an event not to be missed if you are in town. Sugar plantations are also central importance to the regionís economy, and can be seen outside the town. Cultural tourism programs can arrange short hikes and day-trips to tribes and villages, and also tours of nearby coffee farms.

But the main reason visitors come to Moshi is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the mountain whose thick cloud and snow-capped peak tower over the agricultural town. Climbing expeditions depart for Kilimanjaro National Park early in the morning, before the clouds that cluster the mountain top daily have risen, and when the air is fresh and cool. Whether you are in Moshi to scale to the top of Africa or learn more about coffee growing and production, Moshi is a quiet heaven of tranquil peace, its sedate streets offering warm welcome in a beautiful setting.